Oakland Raiders: Rookie report card at the midway point of the season

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It’s the halfway point of the 2019 NFL season and the Oakland Raiders rookie class has had many contributors. Let’s go over how well they have played so far.

After the Oakland Raiders finally returned home this past Sunday and secured a 31-24 win in a back and forth close game against the Detroit Lions, we are officially halfway through the 2019 NFL season.

The team has had some ups and downs, but coming off of an awful four-win season last year, the team has already matched that total with still eight games to go and is clearly a lot more talented than they were a year ago.

On top of that, the first draft class in the Jon Gruden/Mike Mayock era has so far performed admirably and already seems like the best class the team has had since their impressive 2014 draft class.

While Gruden has been known to like veterans, most of the 2019 draft class has seen significant playing time, so we will go over how they have individually performed thus far.

It is important to note, that these are not draft grades, these grades are based on how well they have played individually given their draft position. That means that seventh-round pick Quinton Bell will, of course, not be on the list as he is not on the team anymore.

Also, guys like Johnathan Abram who only appeared in one game before getting injured, and Isaiah Johnson who was just activated this week will be left off of this list for obvious reasons.

With that being said, let’s get into it.